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8 March is the International Women's Day!

A look at the life of women of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and elsewhere

08-femmes8 March is the International Women's Day. It's the occasion to inform about the situation of women in the world, about all the injustices that they still suffer from. In Luxembourg, an exhibition and several events are dedicated to the situation of women and Statec casts a statistical look on the life of women in the Grand Duchy.

Statec study on the life of women in Luxembourg

The International Women's Day is the occasion for Statec, the statistical institution of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques – Statec), to cast a statistical look at the life of women in Luxembourg. 280,986 women live in the Grand-Duchy, of which 55.1% have Luxembourg citizenship and of which 15.9% are 65 or older. 49.9% of the population living in Luxembourg are women. In 2014, 55% of women (aged 30-34) had successfully finished higher education, the employment rate of women aged 20 to 64 was 64.9% against 77% for men.

A study revealed that there is still a big discrepancy between the percentage of active women and the one of women in positions at senior management level: 1.4% against 4% for men.

Despite the fact that women still gain less than men (8.6%), Luxembourg is doing rather fine compared to other European countries. In 2013, the pay gap was below the EU-28-average (16.3%). In Luxembourg, women are on average 30.7 years old when they get married and 30.1 at the birth of their first child. In 2014, we count 1.5 children per woman on average.

An exhibition and several events to draw the attention to the situation of women

A photographic exhibition entitled "Refugee women and female asylum seekers in the European Union" is organised in the Maison de l'Europe by the Information Centre of the European Parliament, the Representation of the European Commission and the National Women's Council of Luxembourg (Conseil national des femmes du Luxembourg). The European Parliament had asked the photographer Marie Dorigny to provide an overview on the reality of refugee women and female asylum seekers in Europe, from their arrival in Greece over the Mediterranean to the handling of the applications of asylum in Germany.

Furthermore, on 6 March 2016, Neimënster — Neumünster Abbey Cultural Exchange Center (Centre culturel de rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster) invites to a 'Feminist and Cultural Day' with a varied programme of music, theatre, exhibitions, workshops and perfomances.

On 8 March 2016 there will be a public demonstration 'against sexism, for the respect and for diversified, pluralist and realistic images of women'. The gathering will take place at 12:30 pm at the Place d'Armes, followed by a walk and a speech at 1:15 pm in front of the Parliament.

'Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality!'

The theme 2016 of the UN for the International Women's Day is 'Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality!'. In Luxembourg, the action platform International Women's Day (Journée Internationale des Femmes - JIF2016) has chosen this year the unifying theme 'Images of women'. It claims that 'Images of women' should be more gratifying, diversified, pluralist and realistic.

The origins are to be seen in the context of the struggle of women workers in North America and in Europe in the early 20th century, when they fought for rights that had already been granted to men (the right to vote for example), for better working conditions and for equality between men and women. The UN celebrated the International Women's Day on 8 March 1975. In 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming that a day of the United Nations for women's rights and international freedom should be celebrated by Member States on any given day of the year according to their historical and national traditions.

(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu; Source: Neimënster Abbaye, Statec)

  • Updated 07-03-2016